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What is Fruit Pectin? Food Additive Ingredients, Health, and Use

Fruit pectin is a type of food additive that is contained in numerous commercially processed foods. Fruit pectin is usually extracted from certain types of citrus fruits as it occurs naturally in those. It is used in many types of food as a coagulating agent for the purposes of gelling foods. The most common application of fruit pectin is in jam, jelly, and candy. Pectin has no adverse health effects associated with it. In fact it is a source of dietary fiber and is sometimes added to foods purely for that reason. Fruit pectin may be bought in grocery stores as a white or tan colored powder.

Disclaimer: While this food additive or ingredient may be currently acceptable according to the FDA standards, this may be subject to change in future. This article is for informational purposes only and does not condone the consumption of this substance. Excessive consumption may be dangerous.

by Rachel Bassett on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 21:54

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